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Roethlisberger advises wait-and-see approach with young quarterbacks

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When it comes to the rash of young quarterbacks who have seen instant success, a guy whose team had more early-career success than any of them has expressed a little skepticism.

“People ask me all the time about these young quarterbacks,” Roethlisberger recently told Jarrett Bell of USA Today.  “Let’s wait.  One year does not mean a lot in this league.  Let’s see what happens in two, three years.”

It’s sounds petty.  And perhaps Roethlisberger realized that.  So in his next breath he opted for something that seems more magnanimous.

“I’m not trying to take anything away from them,” Roethlisberger explained.  “I think they did some great things last year, and they all have the potential to be great quarterbacks.  But you don’t want people to jump on their bandwagon so fast and put so much pressure on them to live up to those expectations.  My advice to them is to keep doing what you’re doing, playing as hard as you can because people will keep trying to build you up and it could get tough.”

Roethlisberger had a similar experience, without the hype or expectations.  As a rookie in 2004, he took the Steelers to a 15-1 record and a berth in the AFC title game.  That’s more than any of the much-celebrated 2012 rookies managed.  Then, in his second year, Roethlisberger took the Steelers to the Super Bowl, and unlike second-year 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick won it.

Roethlisberger perhaps didn’t enjoy the same early-career attention and celebration due to perceptions that he was the latest in a string of Super Bowl-winning caretakers on teams with great defenses, from Trent Dilfer with the Ravens in 2000 to Brad Johnson with the Bucs in 2002.  Since then, Roethlisberger has developed into a franchise-level quarterback who nevertheless resides a level or so below the elite passers.

When it comes to hype and expectations, Roethlisberger could soon be leapfrogged by a new generation of quarterbacks.  It shouldn’t matter if he keeps winning, but when playing for the Steelers there always will be a sense that the success comes in large part from the defense.

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  1. puckthefatriots says: May 28, 2013 8:36 AM

    All the big time Quarterbacks(Manning,Brady,Rodgers) are not threatened by the success of the young QB’s. Quit hiding behind your Defense driven Super Bowls Ben.

  2. 6ball says: May 28, 2013 8:45 AM

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    Spot on analysis…… Things can become more difficult once some savvy defensive coordinators get a season’s worth of game film.

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  3. explosionsauce says: May 28, 2013 8:48 AM

    Unlike Kaepernick, Roethlisberger had started for two full years and not half a season.

  4. jruc says: May 28, 2013 8:53 AM

    Roethlisberger gets disrespected so much man smh….2-time Superbowl champion and he’s below the elite passers? Yet, I gurantee I can find an article calling Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Tony Romo, and even some of these young QBs he’s referring to called an “Elite Passer”…Ben can throw that ball to any area on the field. He’s not some interception machine or anything like that either. He just plays in a SLOWER OFFENSE than those other teams so he gets fewer plays and they run the ball more. It’s the strategy of his team. One that has worked well might I add….I am not a Pittsburgh fan by the way. I’m actually a Bronco fan. I’m just also a realist. I really dislike the disrespect that Big Ben and Eli Manning get just because the media goes with the next big hype and burry the true and already successful QBs. It irks me man…

  5. crownofthehelmet says: May 28, 2013 8:59 AM

    You tell em BB. Most forget you were the first modern-day rookie QB to be thrown into the fire and have unmatched success in YR1, and then continue on with a HOF career. There is no better expert on this topic.

  6. golfongrass311 says: May 28, 2013 9:03 AM

    how did ben do in his last superbowl ? what did his team do last year ? He knows those 6 rings aren’t going to help him if he has another bad year…..

  7. Joemontanaflacco says: May 28, 2013 9:05 AM

    Roethlisbooger has been extremely lucky his whole career. The Seattle SB was handed to him by the refs. Arizona had to be the weakest opponant ever to make it to a SB. If he’d gone against the 2000 Giants or the 2012 49ers, he’d be the modern day Jim Kelly of SB QBs — minus the class.

  8. munk11 says: May 28, 2013 9:06 AM

    The sense that success comes from the defense is ancient history…any success comes directly from the toughest QB in football. Had he not been injured last year, the STEELERS would be wearing ring #7.

  9. bengalguy says: May 28, 2013 9:09 AM

    Roethlisberger has slowly declined just like the team around him…..product of a franchise that was stocked with talent……as the Steelers personnel has declined…..so has he. Facts are facts!

    WHO DEY & out!

  10. drone501 says: May 28, 2013 9:27 AM

    we dont rebuild, we reload. give us a year at most. then we own the division again. bengals dont know how to win. with all the talent thet got, they barely made the playoff. you DON’T KNOW HOW TO WIN.

  11. stairwayto7 says: May 28, 2013 9:33 AM

    Ben been to 3 Super Bowls and won 2! Peyton, Rodgers, Brees only won 1! FACT!

  12. scmems07 says: May 28, 2013 9:33 AM

    Omg Ben! I can’t believe you would think that about the great Russell Wilson! Don’t you know that he is already a sure fire HOF’er already! You must not read any posts from Seattle fans. Get a clue big Ben!

  13. Nofoolnodrool says: May 28, 2013 9:40 AM

    Joemontanaflacco | May 28, 2013, 9:05 AM EDT
    Roethlisbooger has been extremely lucky his whole career. The Seattle SB was handed to him by the refs. Arizona had to be the weakest opponant ever to make it to a SB. If he’d gone against the 2000 Giants or the 2012 49ers, he’d be the modern day Jim Kelly of SB QBs — minus the class.

    Fan boy what do you know about class? If he went against those teams…he didn’t so your conjecture is like most of your posts just typing practice for a fan boy out for his daily troll of the steeler threads….you should be getting air outside to clear that congest head of yours.

  14. bobzilla1001 says: May 28, 2013 9:50 AM

    jruc:
    Roethlisberger plays in a slower offense? What kind of an argument is that?
    Last season, he eclipsed Terry Bradshaw as the Steelers all-time leader in passing yards, doing so in much fewer games, 127 to 168. The Steelers of the ’70s most definitely passed less and ran more than today’s pass-happy offenses.
    Yet SuperBen still trails Bradshaw in career TD passes, 212 to 191. In fact, Roethlisberger has thrown fewer TD passes than Eli Manning.
    Stick to watching the Broncos… because you obviously know nothing about the Steelers and their traditionally horrific modern-day offenses.

  15. ryanrockzzz says: May 28, 2013 10:04 AM

    I hate Big Ben, but you gotta give the dude credit. He wins. He’s been to multiple SuperBowls and he’s won of them. In my opinion he can talk all the crap he wants on any quarterback.

    To classify that the defense was soley responsible for winning those SB’s also is a gross understatment.

    And on top of that, he’s got a point here. All of these rookie QB’s are unproven. None of them have won anything, so it has to be a wait and see, especially with RGIII coming off the injury.

  16. ytsejamer1 says: May 28, 2013 10:04 AM

    While Roethli-somethin (GOOD PICK COWAH!) may have been a clown off the field, and a little too much like Brett Favre on it (I hurt my pinky toe…i’m going to limp around so you all notice it), he has done something not many QBs have done. He threw one of the most money passes in the corner of the endzone to win the SB.

    That was one of the sweetest, clutch passes I’ve seen and I’m a Pats fan. He’s done stuff that Brady hasn’t been able to do yet…clinch a SB with a TD pass at the end.

  17. bettis3636 says: May 28, 2013 10:07 AM

    Ben is right… But the people on this site love to tear him apart.. Ben plays the game and has the experience… He has the right to voice his opinion!!

  18. 49erstim says: May 28, 2013 10:45 AM

    I’m not a fan of labeling a guy with a season or less under his belt as a success or a failure. 3-4 years in is when you should start getting a decent picture of who a guy really is. Let’s take a look at the players from the 2009 draft, not the 2012 draft. Ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous.

  19. eagles512 says: May 28, 2013 10:51 AM

    Not a Ben fan but he’s 100% right.

  20. puckthefatriots says: May 28, 2013 11:01 AM

    @ stairwayto7 ben’s 22.6 QB rating is lowest on winning Super Bowl TEAM, but Ben is the only INDUVIDUAL that gets to attach his name to this victory. FACT.

  21. citizenstrange says: May 28, 2013 11:13 AM

    I assume Roethlisberger was talking about Luck, RG3, Wilson, Kaepernick and maybe Dalton. Probably not Ponder but you never know.

    The thing is ALL of those quarterbacks got their team in the playoffs which is something the savvy nine-year-veteran with the number one defense in the entire NFL could not even come close to doing as the Steelers were eliminated from playoff contention after only 15 games.

    That’s weird too because remember how Roethlisberger had said that his golf vacation in Scotland was going to be such great preparation and training for his quarterbacking?

  22. evilfrasiercrane says: May 28, 2013 11:18 AM

    Joemontanaflacco | May 28, 2013, 9:05 AM EDT
    Roethlisbooger has been extremely lucky his whole career. The Seattle SB was handed to him by the refs. Arizona had to be the weakest opponant ever to make it to a SB. If he’d gone against the 2000 Giants or the 2012 49ers, he’d be the modern day Jim Kelly of SB QBs — minus the class

    ———————————————————

    Ben continues to play top tier ball but gets critized at every turn. He has won more SBs than Payton, Brees,Rodgers, and even the great Flacco. He is one of the top 5 qb,s in the game today. His success and his stats prove that. End of story.

  23. navyeoddavee9 says: May 28, 2013 11:51 AM

    bungalguy: Dalton noodle arm, bengals last playoff win, 22 years and counting. Ben 2 Super Bowl wins, 3 appearances. Window still wide open for more! Dalton’s best chance of a Super Bowl, is if he gets tickets now. Bengals=never have beens

  24. navyeoddavee9 says: May 28, 2013 11:53 AM

    joemontanaflaccid: how many times has Joe beat Ben, in the playoffs?

  25. CKL says: May 28, 2013 11:58 AM

    I love bobzilla and Citizenstrange when they comment on BR. 99% of Steelers fans don’t agree with them (and more might had they gone 0-3 in those SBs regardless of BR’s average to below average per formances in them), but there’s always truth in what they say. Ignoring the truth doesn’t make it less true.

    To wit: My team has an elite QB and because they’ve been rebuilding the defense for like 5 years now, my team hasn’t won a SB, and my team’s offense has failed in playoff games over and over. I face the same type of scorn from some fellow Pats fans for blaming the offense. It’s the truth though. My team has become the Manning era Colts. All offense and even when the defense is good enough, they get blamed for losing. That makes it doubly infuriating when fellow fans disagree with me. They used to crow about the finesse Colts not winning anything along with me. Now they can’t see that the Pats have become that. No need to be blind just because you are a fan.

    As for BR the public speaker, he often says things that raise eyebrows. Sometimes he means to do that, sometimes he just doesn’t express himself well. I don’t think he meant anything bad by this.

  26. golfongrass311 says: May 28, 2013 12:54 PM

    Bathroom Ben does get more trash talk than most players but its deserved, he’s has been a great QB and i would have loved him in baltimore, but the last 2 years ben hasnt been ben. injuries and bad oline play. This year is really going to Test your Squealers and we are going to see if they are Just Reloading or going in to rebuild mode. time will tell but good news is you only have to worry about little brother Ratbirds – bungles and browndawgs are 5 years away from being 5 years away

  27. steelerdynasty2010 says: May 28, 2013 1:33 PM

    @bobzilla:
    to build upon your FACTS regarding ben and eli. eli has more TDs because he also has about 700 more attempts than ben and leads him by only 20 TDs. Ben also has a higher career completion percentage…..but why use ALL the facts when you can cherry pick?

    @joemontanaflacco:
    please stop whining about the refs. we hear enough of it from your players and head coach. and lord knows the ravens are the ONLY team in the league to never benefit from a bad officiating call.

  28. bobzilla1001 says: May 28, 2013 3:24 PM

    CKL:
    My biggest complaint is that one of the all-time great defenses in both Steelers and NFL history just passed through Pittsburgh without getting a whole of respect or credit from the Roethlisberger Obsessed and Apologists.

    steelerdynasty:
    If you’re going to keep track of total TD passes, how’s SuperBen compare to either Manning or Bradshaw in the postseason, especially in Super Bowls? Please get back to me ASAP.
    Or, god forbid, is that “cherry-picking”? Maybe I should apologize in advance.

  29. realfootballfan says: May 28, 2013 3:32 PM

    He’d better learn to get rid of the ball and the Steelers better learn how to better protect him, or they won’t have him on their team much longer because he’s going to break.

  30. steelerdynasty2010 says: May 28, 2013 5:26 PM

    fyi bobby, i’d be happy to brag about bradshaw’s accomplishments anytime you like, he’s a steeler too, and obviously the better of the two.
    i was simply rebutting your cherry picked comment about td passes since it lacked its’ proper context, but thanks for trying to divert attention to another USELESS stat. dont go throwing a tantrum in the basement. you’ll upset mommy’s bridge game, and you know she doesnt like that.
    and btw, no one has referred to him as superben but you…ironic i think…i’ve NEVER in all my time here seen anyone proclaim him to be the GOAT, yet you constantly try to present evidence on why he isnt. you’re presenting an argument against your own paranoia and jealousy. but PLEASE keep it coming. it keeps us entertained…..

  31. steelerdynasty2010 says: May 28, 2013 5:28 PM

    @puckthefatriots:
    no one gives him any credit either, nor did he deserve any…everyone hides behind the officiating to explain how we won.

  32. 4ever19 says: May 28, 2013 6:06 PM

    Not a big fan of Ben or the Stealers but he hit it right on the head. The youngsters have to do it over the course of a few seasons not a few games. Look at Matt Cassel for example – or Scott Mitchell. I am hoping Andrew Luck can repeat his success (and clean up the turnover thing) with my beloved Colts. I am not ready to ship him straight to Canton. I understand the gotta-have-it-now mentality of today’s world, but we’ve seen too many one-year wonders.

  33. Deb says: May 28, 2013 7:09 PM

    golfongrass311 says:

    Bathroom Ben does get more trash talk than most players but its deserved, he’s has been a great QB and i would have loved him in baltimore, but the last 2 years ben hasnt been ben. injuries and bad oline play.
    ————————————————-
    Have to disagree with that last bit. The past couple of years Ben has been Ben. And that’s the problem. Ben continues to play sandlot football in a league where defenses are getting faster and he’s getting slower. Rather than studying to become a more precise QB, he continues to rely on the seat-of-the-pants style that made him a rookie success. Unfortunately, as he suffers more injuries and defenses become more adept at reading his style, the same old juking doesn’t reap the same rewards. Although he initially performed well in Haley’s system last year, after being injured, he fell back into his old habit of trying to play the hero rather than working the system for the good of the team.

    Ben has the natural talent to be a great QB. He just keeps letting his ego get in the way. Never has that been more apparent than in the last two years.

  34. bobzilla1001 says: May 28, 2013 8:18 PM

    dynasty:
    Fascinating how when you Roethlisberger Apologists run out of ammo (which never takes long), you all resort to name-calling and personal attacks. So mature and insightful…
    The Pittsburgh media have said and written repeatedly that Roethlisberger is far better than Bradshaw. That kind of propaganda gets old, stale and tiresome in a hurry.
    So, I guess you’re saying that Manning averages about 75 more passes per season than SuperBen, who averages about three missed starts per season. Please forgive me for not getting excited about your statistical coup.

    Deb:
    Based on this thread, I have a feeling Roethlisberger sees no need to better himself. He obviously feels he’s above all of that. You can blame the Pittsburgh media’s spin zone for that.

  35. Deb says: May 28, 2013 8:44 PM

    @bobzilla …

    I also blame the team. He was allowed to get away with too much for too long. Many years ago, Bear Bryant grew tired of Kenny Stabler’s antics and threatened to sit him. Stabler didn’t believe it until he received a telegram from former Bama QB Joe Namath. “He means it,” Namath said–as Joe knew from experience. Stabler changed his behavior in a snap. If Belichick was willing to bench Brady, the Rooneys should have been willing to bench Roethlisberger the first time his ego got out of control. It might have made him a Hall of Fame QB.

  36. Nofoolnodrool says: May 28, 2013 8:46 PM

    dynasty:
    Fascinating how when you Roethlisberger Apologists run out of ammo (which never takes long), you all resort to name-calling and personal attacks. So mature and insightful…
    The Pittsburgh media have said and written repeatedly that Roethlisberger is far better than Bradshaw. That kind of propaganda gets old, stale and tiresome in a hurry.
    So, I guess you’re saying that Manning averages about 75 more passes per season than SuperBen, who averages about three missed starts per season. Please forgive me for not getting excited about your statistical coup.

    Deb:
    Based on this thread, I have a feeling Roethlisberger sees no need to better himself. He obviously feels he’s above all of that. You can blame the Pittsburgh media’s spin zone for that.

    Have you been looking for a new vocation now that Ben is nearing the end of his career? I’ll really miss your unbiased comments on the steeler QB dujour once Ben is gone. Sad that hate drives your sorrowful condescending existence…I’ll take your comment off air…lol and smh.

  37. citizenstrange says: May 28, 2013 9:19 PM

    Roethlisberger could not get a win in a HOME game of playoff like win or go home importance when the Steelers defense held the Bengals to only 6 points.

    Instead Roethlisberger threw a pick 7 to start the game and a pick 3 to end it.

    G.O.A.T.

  38. eightysixisback says: May 29, 2013 9:14 AM

    people who hate ben always tells us that the only reason the steelers won two superbowls with him was because of the defense. Pittsburgh always has a very good defense but what happened all those years between bradshaw and ben? One superbowl APPEARANCE. They had a lot of good defenses during all those years but didn’t win any superbowls until what? . . . Until they got a franchize QB. I know the guy has been an idiot off the field. I am not saying he is a wonderful person but to say that he had nothing to do with the steelers two superbowl wins with him at QB is ridiculous. Yeah he didn’t play well against seattle. Go back and look at the playoff games leading up to that game though, he was a big part of the reason they got to the superbowl. The guy wins games. Yeah they had great defenses but they usually do. The thing that put them over the top was a franchize QB. It is pretty easy to see that. It doesn’t matter whether you like the guy or not.

  39. bobzilla1001 says: May 29, 2013 9:41 AM

    Combine Roethlisberger’s inconsistencies with Tomlin’s inane coaching and a defense that’s in a rebuilding mode, and I shudder to think just how bad the team might be over the next few seasons, or until Roethlisberger’s contract expires and Tomlin is replaced.
    Last season was no fluke.
    The Steelers wilted against some of the worst competition in franchise history. Even their wins were the result of playing against the league’s weakest schedule.
    Going back to 2011, and over their previous 32 games, the Steelers have beaten only four teams that finished each season with winning records. Exclude their two win against the Bengals, that would be just two wins in 30 games against teams with winning records.
    There is certainly cause for concern.

  40. black43gold says: May 29, 2013 12:28 PM

    Bobzilla:

    How bout you stop calling yourself a Steeler fan until this time next year when you’re comfortable enough to actually root for your team. Last year WAS a fluke and you’ll see firsthand this season. That is unless you’ve already boycotted watching the games.
    Every Steeler fan knows that when Ben and Troy are healthy, they are THE catalysts for their respective sides of the ball. Last year we were without both (and others) for way too long, and it was beyond evident. And by the way, despite the mediocrity the last two seasons, even with the injuries sustained by our “aging” defense, Tomlin (a defensive minded coach) has had his defense ranked #1 both years. Nothing in(s)ane about that.

  41. bobzilla1001 says: May 29, 2013 12:54 PM

    eightysix:
    Obviously you don’t know the difference between good defenses and a DOMINANT defense.
    What “happened” between Bradshaw and Roethlisberger is quite simple: The TEAMS, including their defenses, of the 1980s stunk. In the 1990s, free agency turned potentially great defenses into short-lived good defenses. Example: Kevin Greene played just three years in Pittsburgh.
    Since 2004, the Steelers’ D has been ranked No. 1 five times, with not one but two Defensive Players of the Year.
    No quarterback in the history of the franchise has ever had the DOMINANT defensive support that Roethlisberger has had.
    Pretty simple.

  42. steelercrazy says: May 29, 2013 1:31 PM

    @Joemontanaflacco

    “Joemontanaflacco | May 28, 2013, 9:05 AM EDT
    Roethlisbooger has been extremely lucky his whole career. The Seattle SB was handed to him by the refs. ”

    ____________________________________

    You mean like the blown Jimmy Smith pass interference non-call that handed the Ravens the Superbowl ? ha ha!

  43. bobzilla1001 says: May 29, 2013 4:11 PM

    black43:
    Go back to playing with your little Ravens friends. I’m here to talk REAL football with knowledgeable football fans. You don’t qualify.
    By the way: “inane” is an actual word.
    Look it up.
    Bye now.

  44. black43gold says: May 30, 2013 1:57 PM

    In(s)ane = either inane or insane.
    the (s) means you use it or you don’t, the choice is yours. I guess that’s just me being grammatically correct or something, I don’t know. I must be too dumb to know better.

    Also please tell me what world you live in where REAL football means a QB isn’t good enough when he only wins 2 Superbowls in a decade. Please, do tell. I guess the Pats are gonna have to trade ol’ washed up Tommy Brady since he hasn’t won even 1 Superbowl in the last 9 years. Give me a break.

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